General Work Visa

• All initial applications need to be applied for at the SA Representatives abroad unless exceptional circumstances exist. Those applicants, who hold skills and qualifications not listed in the gazette listing skills critically short in SA, may apply. Applications will include an initial submission to the Department of Labour (DOL) for their evaluation and inspection. These DOL submissions must include detailed proof of a diligent search made by prospective employers to employ SA citizens and Permanent residence holders and reasons for not employing local staff, advertisements, SAQA evaluation of foreign qualifications etc. As part of the process, DOL will also inspect the prospective employer’s premises to determine whether the company meets all basic conditions of employment legislation.

• Once the DOL process is finalized the full application can be submitted and can be issued for a maximum of 5 years.